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Thread: What sewing machine you recommend?

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    I am looking for a new sewing machine. I have only $400 to spend. I have never learned the difference in sewing machines and always bought the least expensive from WalMart. I want to be able to quilt, regular sew and some embroidery (if this is even possible at this amount).

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Nicole.

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    You are much better off going to a dealer and buying a used machine than a cheaper model at JoAnns, etc. Just tell them what you want to do with it, and see what they have in your price range. The machines that do serious embroidery are much more expensive...but you should be able to get some nice creative stitches for that amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrtireladie11185
    I am looking for a new sewing machine. I have only $400 to spend. I have never learned the difference in sewing machines and always bought the least expensive from WalMart. I want to be able to quilt, regular sew and some embroidery (if this is even possible at this amount).

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Nicole.
    I went to my sewing center and purchased a used, but refurbished Bernina. I did spent 700, but the owner let me put it on layaway. I know this machine will last forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hrtireladie11185
    I am looking for a new sewing machine. I have only $400 to spend. I have never learned the difference in sewing machines and always bought the least expensive from WalMart. I want to be able to quilt, regular sew and some embroidery (if this is even possible at this amount).

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Nicole.
    I agree with RustyQuilter. Go to a dealer and explain your needs and desires and how much you have to spend. A reputable dealer is very savvy at listening to the customer. They will also provide some lessons and backup whenever you have a problem. Sometimes you can even get a floor model for a greatly reduced price. I bought my Husqvarna Designer Diamond as a floor model. They added an extended warranty, and the price was reduced by $3000. So check around. And Good Luck :!: ;-) :D

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    I have an old non-computer Bernina 1030 that I love.

    I also have a Jem Platinum that I also love - got it for just under $400. It has a walking foot so you can quilt on it. It is semi-computerized, whatever that means.
    I really like 2 features 1. a needle down button and 2. the regular foot has a bar attached that keeps one sewing at 1/4" seam allowance.
    I recommend it without reservation.
    The Jem Gold is cheaper, no computer features but does have 1/4" bar.
    Good luck.

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    There are many people quilting on sewing machines from Wal-mart that fall in your price range. My machine that I use for decorative stitches is a cheap Brother from Wal-mart. Until recently it was my ONLY machine and I was able to quilt large throws on it it.

    Buy the best machine you can find that falls in your price range. Look at Wal-mart, look at dealers and do some research on the machines you find available. You can find many customer reviews online and get a feel for what people who own the machines are saying about them. Most of all don't let anyone push you into buying a machine that costs more than you are comfortable paying.

    I don't do machine embroidery, so I can't answer that part of your question.

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    The suggestions people have made are good. I have another thought.
    Make sure and 'try out' the machine. I go to a craft day with some of my sister's friends (I think they ask me because a couple of them wanted to learn to quilt). One lady has a machine that clacks when it sews....like the machine is angry that it's having to do its job. I've oiled it for her but it still doesn't keep even stitches and it still clacks..... and moves around. You want a machine that sounds like it's happy to sew for you.... a nice hum or click, click, click like my featherweight. And you want it heavy enough that it stays put when you're sewing a couple of pieces together. There are many good machines out there but look for a good brand (no new Singer ... the newer ones aren't worth the price). I have 2 Vikings, 1 featherweight and 1 treadle. All but one were used when I found them. I had to buy a 1/4" foot and walking/ darning feet extra. I love them all, keep them clean and oiled and they love me.... sew like it's what they live for.
    Good luck in your search. Let us know what you find.

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    I would recommend a used Bernina. They are great machines.
    But I don't think you can buy any kind of quality machine to do sewing and embroidery for $400.00. A dealer will probably let you make payments on a used machine.

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    I would go for a good machine for quilting. A Brother 1500 has a large, little over 9", throat. Its great for quilting and piecing as it has the auto. cutter on it. It is a straight sewing machine. No fancy stitches, but a beautiful quilter. Later, you may find a used Janome 5000 for about 250. to $300. in my area. Does fantastic embroidery 4x5" but I think the nicest embroidery of all the machines.

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    I have my mothers old kenmore. I have made 40 quilts, FMQ on all of them, its never been cleaned and has never broken down. I know I am pushing my luck but its a workhorse for sure.

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